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    SubjectRe: 3Ware delayed device mounting errors with newer 9500 series adapters
    On Sat, 21 Oct 2006 11:03:10 -0600
    "Jeffrey V. Merkey" <jmerkey@wolfmountaingroup.com> wrote:

    >
    > Adam,
    >
    > We have been getting 3Ware 9500 series adapters in the past 60 days
    > which exhibit a delayed behavior during mounting of FS from
    > /etc/fstab. The adapters older than this do not exhibit this behavior.
    >
    > During bootup, if the driver is compiled as a module rather than in
    > kernel, mount points such as /var in fstab fail to detect the devices
    > until the system fully boots, at which point the /dev/sdb etc. devices
    > showup. It happens on both ATA cabled drives and drives
    > cabled with multi-lane controller backplanes.
    >
    > The problem is easy to reproduce. Install ES4, point the /var directory
    > during install to one of the array devices in disk druid, and after
    > the install completes, /var/ will not mount during bootup and all sorts
    > of errors stream off the screen. I can reproduce the problem
    > with several systems in our labs and upon investigating the adapter
    > revisions, I find that adapters ordered in the past 60 days exhibit
    > the problem. Compiling the driver in kernel gets around the problem,
    > indicating its timing related.
    >

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